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1st Test: Ajinkya Rahane Savaged On Twitter After Mix-Up Costs Virat Kohli’s Wicket

India captain Virat Kohli looked set for a big score on Day 1 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, having helped himself to 74 against a tough bowling attack. Coming in to bat with the team at 32/2, Kohli first put on a 68-run partnership with the resolute Cheteshwar Pujara and then an 88-run partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. But, a moment of indecision from Rahane led to a mix-up, with Kohli losing his wicket completely against the run of play. Rahane punched a Nathan Lyon delivery to mid-off and called for the run. Kohli, who is always ready for a quick single, took off, but to his dismay, his vice-captain changed his mind and sent him back, costing him his wicket.

Watch the mix-up between Kohli and Rahane here:

The wicket changed the momentum of the game, with Rahane himself following Kohli to the pavilion soon after for 42, as Mitchell Starc struck in the first over with the new ball. Hanuma Vihari was also trapped LBW soon after by Josh Hazlewood.

Social media did not take kindly to Rahane’s faux pas as he was trolled mercilessly for running out his captain.

“It’s a nightmare @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88,” one user wrote.

“Gonna say this once, @ajinkyarahane88 will be wanting to see @imVkohli board his flight back home, ASAP,” another user wrote.

“Ohhh @ajinkyarahane88 @imVkohli was surely scoring a hundred today… The mistake from rahane can cost match to India,” another user wrote.

India won the toss and elected to bat in their first overseas day-night Test. But the visitors got off to a horror start as Mitchell Starc dismissed Prithvi Shaw off the second delivery of the match for a duck.

Mayank Agarwal was soon castled by a beautiful nip-backer from Pat Cummins before Pujara and Kohli steadied the ship for India.

Pujara scored a gritty 43, seeing out 160 deliveries.


Kohli and Rahane then took India to 188, before the mix-up and the two subsequent wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin (15) and Wriddhiman Saha (9) took India to 233/6 at the end of day’s play. Starc, with two wickets, finished as Australia’s best bowler of the day.

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